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We are a team of professionals working together to provide the best possible service from identification of dyslexia and other learning differences and providing the most suited remediation for our students. Our teachers are referred to as Educational Therapists because they go beyond delivering lessons, they design, implement and evaluate interventions catered to individual needs. Our lessons are not mass produced but individually tailored.
We work together to bring out the best in our children.
All our Educational Therapists are graduates.
We place strong emphasis on training and we have a rigorous training programme in place for our Educational Therapists.
The training programme provides theoretical and practical knowledge and skills. They also have guided support under the supervision of an Educational Advisor.
We ensure that our Educational Therapists are led to the path of being skilled practitioners as well as critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Beyond initial training, we also provide ongoing professional development opportunities for our Educational Therapists to keep them up to date and relevant.
DAS Quality Assurance Framework and Quality Assurance Audits are significant for several reasons and have been implemented to meet the following requirements:
All Educational Therapists are expected to do the following annually:
We place strong emphasis on engaging our parents as partner. All our Educational Therapists contact parents on a monthly basis to update and discuss on their child’s progress. This is done through monthly emails, phone calls, messages or face to face meetings. As parents your inputs on your child matters to us!
Our students’ progress is monitored closely through bi-annual curriculum based assessments - MAPTrack - conducted by our Educational Therapists. This close evaluation allows our Educational Therapists to make the informed and needful adjustments in their teaching to address the needs of the child. Our lessons are not static it allows for flexibility to suit the varied needs of our dyslexic students.
Our difference – we start with your child and we work with his/her strengths and abilities and build their capabilities so that they have adequate skills to cope in school.
In order to fulfil our commitment to our students and parents, we ensure that we have a pool of well trained Educational Therapists conducting lessons to our students.
To quote the Rose Report, 2009 about teacher Quality :
"'The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers' is an obvious truth, which applies to the assessment and teaching of learners of any age who are dyslexic." (Rose, 2009, p.15).
At DAS we place strong emphasis on high quality intervention for our students. High quality intervention can only take place if there is high quality training for our Educational Therapists. Therefore, we invest heavily in training our Educational Therapists so that they can deliver quality remediation to all our students.
In 2014, the Manpower Research & Statistics Department released the "Employer Supported Training 2014” report. The report stated that 8 of 10 employers now provide structured training. The national average training expenditure was $726 per trainee (or $410 per employee). However, at the DAS, our training expenditure was to $3,726 per trainee (and $3,487 per employee).
In terms of training expenditure as a percentage of employee payroll (comprising staff remuneration and employers’ CPF contribution), the national figure was 0.8% in 2014. At the DAS the training expenditure was 5.71%.
Our training expenditure is therefore 7 times the national average and this does not include the staff cost of Staff Professional Development and the staff cost for various in-house OJT.